Staying In Podcast
Descent Into Dread Vol. 1, Skater XL, and Targi: The Expansion - Ep108

Descent Into Dread Vol. 1, Skater XL, and Targi: The Expansion - Ep108

August 1, 2020

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00:00 - 15,000 who-gives-a-toss credits.

11:21 - Skater XL is an entirely skill-driven skating simulation and it's been fascinating seeing it progress from Early Access to full release. Plus the year extreme sports games started coming back, and our history with the best in the genre - y'know, stuff like Skate, Thrasher: Skate and Destroy, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.

29:13 - A smashing yurting holiday, the joys of outdoor BBQ, getting all excited about pizza ovens, and the luxury of indoor toilets.

32:51 - Caliber Comics has a new horror anthology called Descent into Dread: Vol. 1 up for pre-order on Comixology and in print on Amazon, and we've been sent a copy for an early look. And it's been lovely to dip in and out of its genre-blurring, expectation subverting stories.

42:42 - We've been exploring the superb two player series of games from Kosmos. Lost Cities is a game that gets a ton of table time, Kahuna gets better and better the more you play with the same player, and what we think just might be the ultimate two player game: Targi.

All that, and pizza-related activities, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

OH! AND! We mention at the end some tea-themed Spotify playlists we've made, which you can listen to here.

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Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Cartographers, Hypnospace Outlaw, and Root - Ep107

Cartographers, Hypnospace Outlaw, and Root - Ep107

July 15, 2020

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00:00 - Exciting adventures with caffeine.

07:33 - "The Enid Blyton and George R. R. Martin crossover you didn't know you needed"... we finally get to play asymmetrical strategy game Root from Leder Games, via the wonderful Board Beans board game cafe.

18:47 - Hypnospace Outlaw, whether or not Zane rocks (he doesn't), the Space Jam website, and an explanation of what Yahoo! GeoCities was.

29:47 - Uncomfortable haircuts and a betrayal (sorry Tony).

33:35 - The best Pringles, plus "flip and write" Kennerspiel des Jahres nominee Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale from Thunderworks Games.

49:30 - A question from @lonegamesman, who asks: "do you consider Kickstarter (board game, video game or other form of project) a force for good or the downfall of civilisation? Or maybe something in between? Do you like what Kickstarter offers as a potential backer?"

All that, and six pockets full of despair, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Kentucky Route Zero, Treachery in Beatdown City, and The Last of Us Part II - Ep106

Kentucky Route Zero, Treachery in Beatdown City, and The Last of Us Part II - Ep106

July 1, 2020

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00:00 - When is a broom not a broom?

07:00 - A spoiler-free discussion about The Last of Us Part II.

27:12 - Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition is deeply profound, philosophical, and beautiful.

36:49 - Redesigning the teasmade for the 21st century.

41:27 - Beyond Burgers: The Best.

46:46 - Treachery in Beatdown City shattered expectations in the most fascinating of ways.

All that, and some very sweet dreams, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Viticulture, Adventure Games, and Tiny Bird Garden - Ep105

Viticulture, Adventure Games, and Tiny Bird Garden - Ep105

June 15, 2020

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00:00 - Slipmington. Patent pending.

09:03 - What little we know about wine, and what we love about Stonemaier Games' Viticulture Essential Edition, a relaxing worker placement in which you run a vineyard.

23:30 - Escape room games at home, including Sherlock Holmes from The Panic Room, and Exit: The Game - Theft on the Mississippi.

32:31 - Recreating the PC point and click adventure in a tabletop game, via Adventure Games: Monochrome Inc.

44:45 - The birbs in Tiny Bird Garden makes us feel #blessed, and it's the toyetic clicker for mobile and PC that we didn't know we wanted.

53:09 - Batman: Arkham VR puts you in the cowl of The Caped Crusader really well, we just wish there was a little bit more.

All that, and a visit from the croissant fairy, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Lonely Mountains: Downhill, Gorogoa, and Qwirkle - Ep104

Lonely Mountains: Downhill, Gorogoa, and Qwirkle - Ep104

June 1, 2020

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00:00 - Sam's 'superpower' and Kris's least favourite theme park.

07:20 - Gorogoa is gorogorgeous, how different mediums handle pacing a story, and the definition of a visual novel.

19:35 - The natural, chilled beauty of Lonely Mountains: Downhill, and why its ability to get you into a state of flow is perfect for listening to audiobooks to.

30:58 - In a great way, Pentago reminds us of games with grandparents, which is a great abstract game from Coiledspring Games that "does to Othello what Onitama does to The Duke".

38:25 - But OH BOY, Qwirkle might be even better (and its components are superb too). A top choice for families, we reckon.

49:15 - The question to us this episode is from listener pal Nicky, who asks "have you played any old games that you had forgotten you really liked?".

All that, and very satisfying experiences, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com

Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Devs, Break the Code, and Ion Fury - Ep103

Devs, Break the Code, and Ion Fury - Ep103

May 15, 2020

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00:00 - The Peter-Minute-Ton.

03:23 - Lockdown hair cuts.

08:03 - Break the Code is a fantastic deductive puzzle experience, but what's not fantastic is losing a bit of it under some decking.

28:23 - We're divided on Devs. Is it some of the best television of the year? Or is it boring and, at times, a bit clichéd?

39:59 - Ion Fury is highly evocative of days-gone-by playing Duke Nukem 3D and Blood, so much so that we talk a bit about retro shooters and their revival.

50:17 - Callum Elcombe provides our question for the episode, which is "I have 2 Audible credits, any recommendations? I'm into good modern day crime fiction, and geek culture thrillers like Ready Player One, Daemon, Reamde". Thanks pal!

All that, and Gregg Wallace's slippery aubergines, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Ring Fit Adventure, Dark, and Welcome to New Las Vegas - Ep102

Ring Fit Adventure, Dark, and Welcome to New Las Vegas - Ep102

May 1, 2020

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00:00 - Dancercise with Ryan Heffington, and line dancing up to the oche.

06:31 - Oh sure, Ring Fit Adventure is an indoor exercise masterpiece of games design. But does that mean Ring can say what he likes about our shiny muscles?

17:24 - Well, we're finally here: discussing beer subscriptions.

19:34 - Like a Belgian Quad, Brew Crafters from Greater Than Games is initially foreboding, has lots of depth, and is very very big.

34:07 - Welcome To New Las Vegas from Blue Cocker is a roll and write that we've fallen in love with. It's no longer a breakfast game, but that's not a problem in our books.

44:43 - Dark is... well... it's dark. It's also compelling and mysterious and twisted and you should probably watch it.

53:14 - Animal Crossing: New Horizons sure is lovely, isn't it?

All that, and Bob Ross painting, with Alix (@EruditeWolf), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Kind Words, National Theatre Live, and 1 Survives - Ep101

Kind Words, National Theatre Live, and 1 Survives - Ep101

April 15, 2020

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00:00 - Loyd Grossman impressions and other things that show our age.

05:55 - Some of our favourite things to enjoy during lockdown so far have been the comforting certainty of MasterChef and the relationship-testing Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

11:30 - "To have theatre in the house is amazing" - National Theatre Live at home is a thing of wonder and a super accessible way of seeing the stage.

16:19 - The Darby Family Quiz, and a very prescient video game-doing-good: Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to).

27:06 - 1 Survives is an indie gem from Tip the Table Games that blends set collection with slasher horror, and is a perfect opener to a spooky games night.

34:53 - NSV and Phil Walker-Harding's Silver & Gold is keeping the roll and write (or is that flip and write?) addiction going.

42:45 - Our question this episode comes from our pal @baileyneil, who asks "as a solo player of console games and a non-board game player: are there any great board games for solo playing?"

All that, and Lady Macbeth on a trampoline, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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The Top 10 Things Worth Staying In For - Ep100

The Top 10 Things Worth Staying In For - Ep100

April 1, 2020

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00:11 - Arguing about The Bee Gees.

04:13 - We decide upon our favourite video games, board games, TV, and films from the previous 100 episodes. We each chose our personal top tens - including fantastic things that you should absolutely check out - and then attempted to get the complete list down to just the very best of the bunch as a collective ten we can all agree on. The full list was;

- Bart Bonte Games (Ep80)

- Batman Role-Playing Game (Ep57)

- Burgle Bros. (Ep1)

- Celeste (Ep81)

- Cosmic Encounter (Ep51)

- Dear Esther: Live (Ep49)

- Dread (Ep13)

- Hamilton (Ep67)

- His Dark Materials (TV Series) (Ep92)

- Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes (Ep62)

- Knives Out! (Ep93)

- Mary Poppins Returns (Ep72)

- Monikers (Ep50)

- Night in the Woods (Ep66)

- Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty (Ep7)

- Oxenfree (Ep40)

- Pandemic Legacy (Ep30)

- Project Highrise (Ep70)

- Return of the Obra Dinn (Ep77)

- Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (Ep6)

- Star Realms (Ep31)

- Stardew Valley (Ep46)

- Taverns of Tiefenthal (Ep88)

- The Adventure Zone (Ep39)

- The Crew (Ep98)

- The Good Place (Ep44)

- The Mind (Ep60)

- TowerFall Ascension (Ep75)

- Trackmania Turbo (Ep4)

- UK Games Expo (Ep81)

- Uncharted 4 (Ep4)

- Uncharted: The Collection (Ep6)

- War of the Ring (Ep35)

- Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team (Ep98)

- XCOM 2 (Ep42)

28:35 - The man who used to be James Bond, and further deliberation.

41:40 - The game at the core of all of Sam's family gatherings, a Wolfgang Warsch lovefest, and more.

54:36 - An off-brand topic.

All that, and things that are totally "off the top of our heads", with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Quick note: though this episode was released on April 1st 2020, we actually recorded it in late February 2020, which was before the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic reached the UK. So while it's nice to get together with pals normally, under these circumstances we recommend you check the advice of local authorities before considering whether to do so.

Two Point Hospital, Wingspan, and Tiny Heist - Ep99

Two Point Hospital, Wingspan, and Tiny Heist - Ep99

March 15, 2020

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00:00 - Something called an ISTQB, the linen finish high quality of Wingspan ("the most beautiful game I own"), and the lesser spotted Trivia Tidbits.

12:40 - Relationship advice and Mini Eggs.

14:35 - Omerta has a really good rhythm to it and we think it's "a breath of fresh air".

25:22 - The guy with the games on holiday. And is taking eighteen games away with you too many? (probably)

27:25 - We start talking about Two Point Hospital, then get de-railed by PlayStation Max magazine, and pictures of a young Sam Turner.

33:34 - Two Point Hospital is a meditative medical management game with superb writing that takes a great formula into the modern era.

48:26 - "I was really taken back with how much fun everyone was having and how much fun I was having" - we're big big fans of Tiny Heist.

All that, and fixing a roof with board game money, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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